2016 Pinot Noir
The Pinot Noir grapes for this wine were sourced from two of our estate vineyards in the cool climate zone of Monterey County, a part of California's renowned Central Coast. The brisk conditions and cool temperatures of this area present ideal growing conditions for the temperamental Pinot Noir grape, resulting in wines of intense varietal character and well-balanced acidity.
On the heels of a picture-perfect 2015 growing season, the 2016 vintage was another beaut. Spring came early and lasted long, with temperate conditions and ideal temperatures. Cool nights and overcast mornings followed by breezy warm afternoons made the summer months ideal for even ripening and good flavor development. Excellent harvest-time conditions allowed us to let the grapes hang until optimal ripeness was achieved. At the winery, the fruit was destemmed, but not crushed, and placed into small open-top fermentation bins and allowed to cold soak before fermentation.
Our 2016 Ryder Estate Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied wine with enticing cherry, blackberry and plum aromas with vanilla nuances. Lush and silky, it bursts with red fruit on the palate that leads into a supple, lingering finish.